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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2005, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, I've got a '93 K1500 that I'm putting 4.10's in. It's got a 10 bolt, and needs some more traction additive. That's why I'm going with a locker. The truck is used every where and for everything. What lockers would you run and recommend? Why this style/brand? I did do a search, and they varied from powertraxx-lockright, to a detroit, but not with very much info on why behind them. Thanks all.
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If the Detroit Locker was less than $600, I would be getting one undoubtedly. The Powertraxx Lock-Right is only about $350, and technically does the same thing as a Detroit, it just replaces the spider gears instead of the whole carrier so it's not as strong.
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I agree with MSF, unless you just want to spend the extra for the DL.

[qoute]Why this style/brand?[/qoute]

becuase there are no options for the front, so you should put the best option in the rear, since it's about all you'll have. Limited slip is a waste of time, it costs about as much.. and does not perform anywhere close to a locker.
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Isn't there a e locker and arb available for the IFS, maybe it wasn't for half ton. Sparty and Peacock had that truck with the detriot in it with 35's. It was a ten bolt, maybe a 12, same thing. The lunchbox mini spools are cheap and I hear they work well.
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Of course a spool works well, it's permanently locked! I would definitely not use one on a street vehicle though. Not smooth at all.
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So in other words, they both great lockers, it's just a matter of wanting to shell out the dough for a Detroit then correct? Any particular kind of Detroit [I want to stay away from having to lock it in. It's just extra $$$ I don't have] that I should be looking at? Thanks all.
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Re: Choosing a locker

Let me tell you this from experience. My 1993 K1500, that I regretfully dont have anymore, needed traction also. I ended up with a Powertrax Lock-Right automatic locker for the rear. It was 3.73 gears, ten bolt rear. It was a very simple install, and has held up great over the last year or so. Here is my advice to you. If you have 600+ dollars to blow right now, go out and buy a 14 bolt SF in good shape. Install it and drive it for awhile and when you save enough for the detroit - go for it. Putting a Detroit locker in a ten bolt rear seems superfluous for you... The lunchbox locker I put in is currently the weak point in my old truck. It is more likely to break than the carrier would, I believe. I think in a situation where you would use the maximum traction the Detroit would offer, you would likely snap an axleshaft or completely grenade the carrier.

Just words of advice from somebody who has been in your position. Either cheap it out with the Powertrax for now in your ten bolt, or save your pennies and get a 14 bolt and slap a Detroit in it. Hope you have good luck with it man! [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Re: Choosing a locker

Thanks for the info. Yeah, I just bought Shorts 4.10 rears, and need to find a some fronts yet. I have thought about going with a 14 sf, but I'm also in the process of building a '79-'86 truck so I'm not beating on my '93 and have a reliable DD that can still play here and there. I'm just missing my Ford D60 and a T-case from a Ford/Chevy and the essential $$$. The $600 or so I do have is going for the motor in the '93 because my headers decided they didn't like my knock sensor wire, melted it, and siezed the motor.

What happened to your '93? Isn't that the one in your avatar? That was a nice truck.
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i too was leary of the detroit locker in the 10bolt....but after completely destroying the carrier and gears in a 10blt i decided i didnt like the idea of little gorlscout sized parts in my diff. so i got the detroit and loved the **** out of it. in that truck i had a 350 and 3.73s and a manual trans. i did my fair share od smokey burnouts and clutch dumps. hauled more weight than would ever be even close to legal...and that locker too every single bit of it. there was one occasion where i was heavily loaded (heavily=well beyond the GVWR) [img]images/graemlins/censor.gif[/img]{don't do that...its illegal}...anyways, i was taking a sharp turn and traffic was coming sao u dumped the clutch and hit the gas...it sheared the axleshaft right in two...but the locker held strong. a quick 20min axle change on the side of the road and i was all set....thats the only trouble i have ever had with that set-up...and oit was most definately not the machines fault...its was the drivers.

now i have Sparty's truck. with a "350" thats now a 366 4.10 and 35" rubber. i beat the hell out of this thing and it takes every bit of it. but this truck doesnt see juch tiem off-road. just mud if anything. i dont have the time to get off-road much anymore. but for all the nay-sayers regarding the locker and the 10bolt....i have not had problems.

all things considered, if i had the money, I'd like a 14bolt better....everyone would cuz they're stronger, but i spent my money od a detroit locker for the ten bolt and have been happy with it.

take one persons opinion for what its worth....just an opinion...wether its mine, his, hers...whatever......thay are all just opinions. the beauty of this country is that you get to decide
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Well I was having the same problem. It's case by case I think. From reading and researching all of the options The Detroit is the better locker. It just sort of depends on how hard core you are. Shall we say that? I suppose. I know that I'd love to put a detroit in it, but I don't feel like shelling out that cash until i'm finished with the solid axle swap and the engine upgrade, which might I add will be fricken sweet!!! 383 vortec drool.. 400 hp 500 torque.. But anyways. Then I'm planning on putting in a 14 bolt. The thing that I see not making sense is.. I love my truck to death, don't want to mash it up at all therefore I'm not as hardcore as I could be. Nope.. no cliff diving with my truck.. no tree smacking turns. So for this reason alone I'm going to go with the power trax. Either way it's your money and it really just sort of depends on your situation. I have a 1989 k1500 and limited slip working? Well haha.. we all know about that. Given I love my trucks off-road ability.
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